DETROIT -- Patrick Kane scored twice to extend his point streak to an NHL season-best 19 games, and the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 in overtime at Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday.
Kane won it with his 38th goal at 2:42 to give him 42 points (16 goals, 26 assists) in his longest streak since a 26-game run in 2015-16. Kane saw his Blackhawks-record 17-game assist streak end.
"Patrick might be the best player in the world right now, and there are times where he's going to spread out your defense and have you running around and chasing the puck," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "He can do that to any team out there."
[WATCH: All Blackhawks vs. Red Wings highlights]
Andreas Athanasiou scored his second goal of the game with 1:26 to play when the Red Wings came back from three goals down in the third period to tie it 4-4, but Kane beat Jonathan Bernier to give Chicago its 10th win in 12 games.
Erik Gustafsson, who had three assists, started the play in overtime with a breakout pass to Jonathan Toews, who got past Athanasiou for a scoring chance. Bernier made the save, but Toews got the rebound to Gustafsson, who passed to Kane for the winning goal, his 350th in the NHL.
"I actually thought [Toews] scored after he went around their guy," Kane said. "Then I saw he was fighting for the rebound, and he made a great pass to [Gustafsson], and he got it to me."
Video: Clutch Performance: Kane scores twice, extends streak
The Blackhawks (26-26-9) are tied in points (61) with the Colorado Avalanche, who hold the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. Cam Ward made 31 saves.
"We know we can play better than this, especially the way we gave up the lead in the third period," Kane said. "We're in a playoff spot, and we can be excited about that, but we've got to be better in the last 21 games."
Dylan Larkin had two goals and an assist and Anthony Mantha had four assists for Detroit (23-29-9), which has lost three in a row. Jimmy Howard allowed four goals on eight shots before being replaced by Bernier early in the second period. Bernier made 11 saves.
"We weren't happy at all with the way we played in the first two periods because we were making it an easy night for them," Larkin said. "In the third period we were grinding and guys stepped up."
The Red Wings are 14 points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild card in the East.
"The important thing right now is we need to see continued growth from our young players, and that's what we saw tonight," Blashill said. "I thought [Larkin] and Mantha were the best two players on the ice -- well, you have to put Kane and Toews in there, but the best for us -- and [Athanasiou] really heated up as the night went on."
Video: CHI@DET: Athanasiou ties it late with his second goal
Artem Anisimov gave Chicago a 1-0 lead at 1:39 of the first period.
Larkin tied it 1-1 at 6:37, gathering in a loose puck and scoring his 25th goal of the season.
Brandon Saad scored his 21st goal with a wrist shot from the right face-off circle to give Chicago a 2-1 lead at 12:04.
Alex DeBrincat extended the lead to 3-1 at 16:51, scoring his 33rd goal off a pass from Dylan Strome.
Kane made it 4-1 at 1:17 of the second period.
Larkin scored his second goal at 4:19 of the third period to bring Detroit within 4-2, and Athanasiou made it 4-3 with a power-play goal at 5:23.
"They got that quick goal in the third period and then I shoot the puck over the glass and they get a power-play goal to make it 4-3," Gustafsson said. "That's a tough feeling, especially when we end up in overtime, but at the end of the night we've got two points and we're in a playoff spot."
Video: EA Sports Overtime Winner: Kane leads Blackhawks
They said it
"Getting the points are important, and at the end of the season that's all that matters, but we were in a good position. [Larkin's] 4-2 goal was a tough one for us, and I don't think we responded very well. It is easier to teach after a win, but we have to learn from it." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton on Chicago's poor third period
"They made it 4-1 early in the second period and we just melted. This is a city that loves grit and hard work and we didn't show any of that. It was embarrassing but we really dug in for the third period." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill
Need to know
Blackhawks forward Drake Caggiula left in the first period with an eye injury. Colliton said he wasn't sure of the severity. … Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger played his 500th NHL game. … Kane has at least a point in 18 straight road games. Only six players have longer road point streaks: Wayne Gretzky (five times), Pat LaFontaine, Mario Lemieux, Jean Ratelle and Marcel Dionne. … Mantha's four assists were an NHL career high and his four points tied an NHL career high. … Larkin has 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in his past 14 games.
Blackhawks: Host the Colorado Avalanche on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN1, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS, NBCSCH, ALT2, NHL.TV)
Red Wings: Host the Minnesota Wild on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, FS-D, FS-WI, FS-N+, NHL.TV)
Video: Kane's OT goal helps Blackhawks top Red Wings